How to Fold A Drawing Plate or Light Plot for Easy Shipping and Storage!

Whoa! It’s pre-tattoos JimOnLight!


When I first started up the JimOnLight YouTube Channel, I posted a video on how to fold a drawing — when I was in grad school, my mentor Mary Tarantino taught me perhaps one of the coolest skills in all of the world when dealing with paper plots and scenic or lighting drawings.  Check it out for yourself, you’ll never go back to shipping shit in a mailer tube again!

(unless of course you would rather spend the extra money, or you have a plate set that is more than 20 pages and you don’t want to fold them all…)

This method works on any type and any size of plate up to ARCH E, ANSI E, and A0, and will get your drawing small enough to fit in a manilla envelope or folder for transport and shipping!

Jeff Dah-Yue Shi Says “PSYCH! That’s Not a Wall, It’s a Light!”

That’s right mophos, I’m bringing it back.  PSYCH!

So, I think I had a dream about this the other night, but it might have been from the package of ridiculance I had before I went to sleep.  This is awesome — Jeff Dah-Yue Shi takes the idea of the ol’ Q-Bert pattern and turns it into walls in a room.  Can you say RHOMBUSES?!


Here’s the man himself talking about the installation — check it out!

That light there in the last image is amazing, check it out.  It’s magnetic, and can be placed anywhere in the room:

Jeff’s design was for the Taiwan Design Center, which is a pretty cool concept, check out the website.  It’s promoting design and designers from Taiwan.

The way these bamboo LED walls are made is pretty interesting too.  From the article at MyModernMet:

To create these beautiful lights, Dah-Yue Shi placed LEDs behind the bases of each rhombus. On top of the LEDs is a layer of tempered glass with a thin application of bamboo veneer. This allows for the lights to shine through while also blending into the patterns around it. Because of both the patterns and shifts in color, a three dimensional optical illusion is created. This type of lighting system is designed to be used anywhere like clubs, offices, and even homes.

Really cool!  Great work, Jeff!

Here’s the lights off, at 60%, and full:

Thanks to Inhabitat and MyModernMet for the images, and DesignBoom!

Dandelion-Encased LEDs. A Chandelier-ish Fixture. Dandelions.

I apologize for the late hour.  I’m trying to adjust my sleep schedule to that of the dead so I can rock at LDI.

Jax sent me a link in a Skype chat one night – the more I looked into it, the cooler it became to me.  It’s a wall-art-lighting-fixture-amalgamation-of-temporarity at its finest – designed by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn from Drift Studio.

I think I just invented the word “temporarity.”  Does that exist?  Oh, I am ridiculous.

Meet Fragile Future III:

Fragile Future III tells the story about the amalgamation of nature and technology. In the distant future these two extremes have made a pact to survive. Fragile Future III combines an electrical system with real dandelions in a light sculpture that is predestined to overgrow a surface.

This system is different from the earlier versions because we can build up 3D constructions with the newly developed modules. Therefore we have total freedom in creating different light installations. This project is a collaboration with the London based Carpenters Workshop gallery. The installations are limited and can be bought true them. We also produce custom installations on commission. The installations are delivered on Plexiglas so they can be easily installed and reinstalled. 5 Spare Dandelion light bulbs are included.

One module is a visible circuit with 3 dandelights. This module system is ease to attach to the next one (in unlimited different ways), meanwhile the power will always continue correctly true the installation. So it is possible to create a composition from just a few, up to 500 modules, according to the space and atmosphere.

Fragile Future III is far less fragile then Fragile Future I and II. Therefore easy to install and maintain. Both Fragile Future I, II and III are limited and built by our company.


Okay, I am SO GLAD that the extra Dandelion lamps are included! Can you imagine?! One accidental wind gust in the fall, and BOOM – another one of those crazy wall hanging light things from Target that lost a piece and now looks like a garage sale art masterpiece.

Pretty cool.

Thanks, Inhabitat!

Honeycomb – A Wall and Ceiling Product by Swarovski

Back in Plano, TX in the mall by our apartment there is a Swarovski Crystal store – walking by that store is like staring in the face of an exploding star.  Lots of luxury products, lots of stuff I cannot afford, the color red, and gazillions of sparkling crystals.

One thing I did not know about is Swarovski’s Architectural division; I discovered two products in that division I found interesting – the Honeycomb wall and ceiling products.  Swarovski custom creates these products per each individual consumer order – the product is a lattice work light product, with either an LED or fiber optic-sourced light.  From the website:

A cut crystal, when light falls on it, gleams radiantly in the honeycomb structure on a wall or ceiling. Architecture, light and crystal appear to unite in a fully new way. The extraordinary combination of materials blends completely into the architecture and attracts the glances of the viewers.






Thanks, Daily Icon!

Focal Shift – A Project By Jason Bruges and Jake Dyson

Mitja over at Enlighter (one of my favorite blogs!) posted an article about Jason Bruges and Jake Dyson‘s project, Focal Shift, that debuted a month or so ago at the Entratalibera, Bruno Rainaldi space in Milan.  The work will also be displayed in the Pomegranate Gallery in New York.

Check out some pictures – this looks like quite the design!





Mindseye’s Lighting Design of Bermondsey Square


London’s Bermondsey Square just got a lighting facelift from Mindseye Lighting Design, also in London.  The Bermondsey Square project is an apartment complex, and Mindseye worked with an architectural firm, Munkenbeck and Marshall Architects, to rock the project.  The area in the project is a reception area within the Bermondsey Square building;  interesting work, basically no right angles, timber clad walls, and a pretty limited budget.  Recipe for success?

Mindseye used the Bespoke luminaires, integrated into the timber walls, to light the space.  I think it really transforms an otherwise odd space into something glowing and magical – what lighting should be when it’s done with thought.


Some info from Mindseye about the project:

Mindseye Lighting Design were approached by Munkenbeck and Marshall Architects to design the lighting for the residential reception area of an apartment block within the Bermondsey Square £60 million regeneration project. The project is now complete; boasting 76 outstanding residential apartments, new office and retail units, an art-house cinema, a boutique hotel, restaurants and bars, all based around a communal square.

The site was once an ancient monument, and in later years a depressed 19th century housing estate. More recently it has been the site of the famous Bermondsey antiques market, which has a royal charter and is actually called the ‘New Caledonian Market’. It has been on the site since 1960’s having moved here from Islington.

When briefed, Mindseye quickly realized that illuminating the space would be a challenge. The budget was restrictive and the space is relatively complex, having a split level design with double and triple height ceilings and timber clad walls. What’s more, there’s barely a right angle in sight.

Due to these challenges, instead of accentuating or treating surfaces and details, we took a different approach, the idea being to use the visual language of the linear cladding and integrate bespoke fluorescent luminaires with acrylic diffusers. No luminaire on the market was suitable to be integrated into the cladding, so we took the challenge and designed a bespoke luminaire. Their lengths and positioning were carefully considered in order to work with the space, sensitively enhancing the dramatic aesthetic.

Thanks for posting this, Mitja from Enlighter!